Chelsea to feature ceramic tulip sculpture

The RHS and Paul Cummins Ceramics have announced that the internationally recognised artist will be exhibiting at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 with an 8m-high sculpture, covered with thousands of hand-painted ceramic tulips.

The sculpture, inspired by the 2015 Chelsea creative, will be located in the Great Pavilion.

Cummings was the creator of the Tower of London poppy exhibit last year. He said: "Following the success of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in 2014, I was delighted to have been invited by the RHS to show a new piece of art at the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show. The new sculpture has been inspired by tulips as well as the Dutch tulipomania of the 17th century, which saw single tulip bulbs exchanged for the price of houses.

"The sculpture comments on the marketplace, how we buy and sell commodities; how all objects acquire value and are traded, including flowers. Desirability and collecting are a large theme of my new works, and tulips will play a large role over the next year, so I thought that this would be the perfect place to showcase my art."

RHS head of shows Nick Mattingley said: "We are thrilled that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the stage for Paul’s first major work since his incredible poppy installation at the Tower of London. The Great Pavilion will be, as always, filled with the most spectacular floral displays you’re likely to see anywhere in the world, and this marvellous tower of tulips is yet another very special feature that will be sure to delight visitors."

Paul Cummins’s 2014 installation, which consisted of 888,246 ceramic poppies filling the moat of the Tower of London, hit headlines across the world last year. The poignant installation marked 100 years since the first day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.

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